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Primary Prevention in Tennessee

Primary Prevention Plans

Every county in Tennessee develops and carries out an annual Primary Prevention Plan. The plans provide both an opportunity and an implementation strategy for all staff in Tennessee’s local health departments to engage in primary prevention work.  The Office of Primary Prevention facilitates the development of the plans and provides best practice recommendations and resources to assist counties with the implementation of their initiatives.

To learn more about the Primary Prevention Plans, email Matt Coleman at

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In 2019, the Tennessee Department of Health is piloting County Health Assessments (CHAs) in 16 counties. The priorities and findings from these assessments will serve as a guide for the development of the county Primary Prevention Plans and companion County Performance Plans. Each rural county in Tennessee will conduct a CHA every 3 years. The Office of Primary Prevention is working closely with the Office of Health Policy and the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion on the development of the Vital Sign Actions menus, which will provide counties with best practice implementation strategies to consider in the development of their Primary Prevention Plans. The Primary Prevention Plans will serve as the implementation plans for addressing community needs identified in the CHAs, and can include the corresponding Vital Sign Actions to address those needs. The Office of Primary Prevention will continue to provide facilitation and resources to assist counties in developing their plans.

Primary Prevention Plans Annual Report  |  2017-2018

The Primary Prevention Plans 2017-2018 Annual Report provides an overview of initiatives and some of the accomplishments of the plans across the state in order to highlight the important work that health department staff have implemented over the past year. Please click the image below to view the report.

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Annual Primary Prevention Plan Resource Guide 

Each year, the Office of Primary Prevention creates a resource guide that provides an overview to what primary prevention is, what meaningful primary prevention work is, how to make a clinical connection to population health, and how a local health department should complete their planning process.  You can view the current resource guide by clicking on the cover photo of the guide.  


Additional Primary Prevention Efforts

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Tennessee's Vital Signs

Tennessee’s Vital Signs are 12 metrics selected through an extensive public engagement process meant to measure the pulse of Tennessee’s population health. Taken together, they provide an at-a-glance view of leading indicators of health and prosperity. Tennessee’s Vital Signs seek to provide an objective answer to the question, “How healthy is Tennessee?”

Tennessee State Health Plan

Tennessee's State Health Plan

The State Health Plan utilizes an overarching framework that offers a blueprint for improving the health of the people of Tennessee through the use of “upstream” primary prevention efforts. The framework not only directs the efforts of the Department at the state level but also allows organizations and engaged citizens across the state to align with TDH’s vision and priorities.

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TN Diabetes Action Report | 2019

The State of Tennessee is diligently working toward a culture of health through statewide, regional, county, community and individual initiatives. This report provides an overview of the state of diabetes in Tennessee and the work specific to diabetes in the Bureau of TennCare, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), and the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration.